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Twitter and Refinery29 Investor Mark Kingdon: Miami Has All the Ingredients of a Breakout Startup Hub

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Mark Kingdon has been an investor in San Francisco and New York since 2005. He is the founder of Quixotic Ventures, who recently relocated to Miami lured by the growing tech ecosystem and unique lifestyle. Kingdon has invested in tech’s most notable companies, such as Twitter, Refinery29, Fab.com, OfferUp, TheRealReal.com, and Rally.org, among others. As an investor, he focuses on… Read more »



Geonetric Builds Coworking Building in Iowa’s Creative Corridor

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Geonetric, the Cedar Rapids, IA-based software company that develops websites for hospitals, last week announced the opening of the first large-scale coworking space in Iowa’s Creative Corridor, an area in the state dedicated to spurring economic development through innovation. An open house is set for later this week on August 8. The 45,000 square-foot building officially… Read more »


Bypass Shady New York City Brokers with Circumrent

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Although I don’t live in New York, as someone who has considered moving to “The Big Apple,” I found it exhausting to even begin searching for places to live. For anyone who’s ever paid ridiculous broker fees, spent hours upon hours searching different sites to locate apartments for rent, or been scammed by shady landlords,… Read more »


FreeWavz: Smart Headphones That Track Your Workout

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Runners, bikers, and gym bunnies, put your protein shakes down because this new gadget will blow your minds. Smart earphones with a companion app, FreeWavz is a Bluetooth-connected product that not only gives you wireless connectivity to streaming music on your phone, but also provides you with a real-time heart rate monitor (so you won’t need to wear… Read more »


Tixers Raises $250,000 in Funding, Continues to Disrupt Ticket Marketplace

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Tixers, a “ticket trading marketplace,” recently announced that it raised a seed round of $250,000. Jay Clouse, Tixers COO and a young entrepreneur to watch, explained that the funding will allow the company to continue to grow and expand. “The funding will be used in several ways, including additional ticket inventory, technology improvements including an app… Read more »


We The People Demanded A Better Wireless Market, And We Got It

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Last week, Congress passed an act that is destined to restore consumer freedom to the wireless market, leading to lower prices and more competition. The Unlock Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was signed in by President Obama and will have a comparable impact upon the market. Further, this is the first bill passed as… Read more »


Los Angeles Sees Tech Investments Triple

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Recode reported on July 30 that investment in tech, in Los Angeles, has just about tripled as a new report from CB Insights indicates. Specifically, VC funding is up 163 percent and since 2009 the number of deals has gone up 180 percent. This is great for Southern California, a region that has typically had… Read more »


#AskZappos For Items and You Shall Receive

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It was recently reported by PSFK that Zappos has rolled out a new service called Ask Zappos. The whole point of the new service is to help shoppers find those products their hearts desire by taking item requests in the form of images. As the article reads: “Ask Zappos is like a digital, personal assistant… Read more »



Downtown Vegas Based Forward Digital Named Number 1 PPC Company

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The Downtown Vegas based Forward Digital today announced that TopSEOs.com, an independent authority on paid search vendors, has named them the number one pay per click (PPC) for small businesses. Additionally, Forward Digital was also ranked in the top 10 for the following categories: conversion optimization, integrated search (SEO and PPC), and PPC management. “To… Read more »


Foodzie Co-Founders Launches Food Delivery Service Forage

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Foodzie co-founders Rob LaFave and Emily LaFave launched Forage, an ingredients and recipe delivery service that allows customers to recreate their favorite restaurant dishes in the comfort of their homes. Both co-founders previous venture, online food marketplace startup Foodzie, was acquired by video eCommerce service Joyous in a combination cash and stock deal.  Putting their entrepreneurial experience in… Read more »


St. Louis-Based LaunchCode to Launch Apprenticeship Program in Miami

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Founder Jim McKelvey announced this week that he will be expanding LaunchCode‘s program to Miami. LaunchCode is a paired-programming initiative aimed at solving the problem of tech talent shortage, an issue widely discussed in South Florida’s tech community. The initiative has been successful in St. Louis, and the launch in Miami is part of McKelvey’s expansion plan… Read more »


Pittsburgh’s Lily&Strum Helps Create Perfect Moments with Perfect Gifts

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A lot of anxiety can go into finding the perfect gift, especially for the sentimental perfectionists among us.  Combine that with the nonstop, ADD-stricken lives that many of us lead, the good intentions we once had of finding the most personalized, amazing, and treasured gift can be neglected. Thankfully, Pittsburgh-based Lily&Strum is coming to the rescue in a big… Read more »


Tesla May Build Its Gigafactory near Reno, Nevada

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Tesla has been considering several locations to build a large-scale battery factory, and the company confirmed in its letter to shareholders yesterday that Reno, Nevada, is one of them. Tesla said it broke ground in June near Reno and is also considering locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. The company will decide the… Read more »